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Ohio district focus of community schools forum
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 06:12

CINCINNATI (AP) — Changes in one of Ohio's urban public school districts will be highlighted in a national gathering of advocates of community school approaches.

The Coalition for Community Schools National Forum is set for downtown Cincinnati this week. A Tuesday evening reception at the convention center focuses on Cincinnati Public Schools' development of environmentally friendly school buildings during its push to create community learning centers.

Site visits to Cincinnati schools are planned during the forum, and participants will hear from Cincinnati school leaders.

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten is also among the speakers this week.

Community schools advocates urge linking schools closely to their communities; integrating services, health, family support and child and community development.


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Aviation museum in Michigan to host Bomber Buffing party
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 06:38

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An aviation museum working to help save Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant is hosting a Bomber Buffing party nearby.

The free event is being held by the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport west of Detroit.

Volunteers are asked to come out Saturday and polish to a high gloss the aluminum skin of the B-17 "Yankee Lady" and B-25 "Yankee Warrior."

It's part of an ongoing effort to raise the cash necessary to save part of the former Willow Run bomber plant in Ypsilanti Township. That's where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built a bomber an hour to aid the American war effort.

A group called Save the Bomber Plant recently said it needs to raise $1.5 million by May 1 to prevent demolition.

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Online:

http://www.savethebomberplant.org


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Jury awards $39 million in fatal repaving accident
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 06:32

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio jury has awarded $39 million to the family of a construction inspector killed during a highway repaving project.

An attorney for the family of victim Randy Roginski described the working conditions in the construction zone on Interstate 271 near Cleveland as "ridiculously dangerous."

The 41-year-old Roginski died in 2010 in an accident just after midnight in which the driver whose car struck him was not charged.

The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/1q9F3yT ) a Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County jury on Thursday awarded $19 million in compensation to Roginski's wife and three children and $20 million in punitive damages against The Shelly Company, one of Ohio's largest paving companies.

The Shelly Company said it was disappointed, denied responsibility for the accident and planned to fight the verdict.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com


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Ohio burial for ex-defense secretary Schlesinger
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 06:34

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Former U.S. Department of Defense Secretary James Schlesinger is being buried this weekend next to his late wife in the Ohio city where she was from.

The Littleton & Rue Funeral Home says Schlesinger's funeral will be Saturday at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield. Funeral director Rob Kampman says burial will be at the Ferncliff Cemetery.

Schlesinger was a onetime economics professor and nuclear strategist who held a string of Cabinet and other high-level posts through three presidential administrations. He built an impressive national security resume under Republicans Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and served as the nation's first energy secretary under Democrat Jimmy Carter. He also served as CIA chief.

He died March 27 at age 85. His wife, Rachel Schlesinger, died in 1995.


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Judge to end Ohio ban on recognizing gay marriage
Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press   
Friday, 04 April 2014 13:04

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal judge says he will strike down Ohio's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, meaning the state must recognize marriages of gay couples who legally wed elsewhere.

Judge Timothy Black made the statement Friday following final arguments in a lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the marriage ban.

He says he'll issue the ruling April 14 prohibiting Ohio officials from enforcing the ban, which he says violates constitutional rights to equal protection and due process. Black's ruling will not mean Ohio has to allow couples to marry in the state.

Attorneys for the state had argued that it's Ohio's sole province to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

By announcing his intention ahead of his ruling, Black gives time for the state to prepare an appeal that can be filed as soon as he rules.


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